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Emailed response from the University when I asked about bed rails: “We do purchase guards for beds that are bunked, which is a low percentage of our rooms. You can get them during the check-in period, but feel free to ask as soon as your son receives his assignment.”
Rails are standard in all forms rooms.
WALL OF SHAME
Although the school does provide fully loftable beds in several of its dorms, it will not make side rails available for kids who actually loft said beds nor will it tell parents the manufacturer of the bed so they can procure a rail direct from the manufacturer.
Because it is a military school there is a lot of military style training/conditions. However, the year my son went there (he has since transferred) THE SON OF THE CHAIR OF THE PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION fell and suffered a severe concussion that had him miss much of one semester. They had rails for the asking but, because these are military officer hopefuls, they do not want to ask for the assistance”.
I believe schools have to receive bad PR and/or lawsuits to AUTOMATICALLY PROVIDE RAILS.
My freshman daughter just moved into The Ledges at QU and her bed is lofted almost to the ceiling. There are no bed rails and her closet and desk are below. If she fell out of her bed, she would hit either or both pieces of furniture. I don’t know if the other dorms have lofted beds too.
Called Centre freshman year to ask them to provide a rail for my son’s upper bunk. They hemmed and hawed and said they did not have any; did not have enough; made various excuses by the time the conversation was over.
But a rail appeared within 24 hours. Almost precise thing happened, AGAIN, sophomore year. So I also contacted the President of the University last year to ask if I could distribute posters, etc. regarding the dangers of foregoing rail usage. He said he would relay the info to the safety department or whatever department was in charge of such things. No response from them ever.
This year, I put some up on the bulletin boards of my son’s building in the lobby level after moving him, anyway. I bet they have already been taken down. Ridiculous that schools try to ignore this problem. They don’t want to have to bother with the rails and don’t want to have to buy enough to have rails for all. They would rather chance an accident than keep the products on hand to prevent one….
High loft beds. No rails although they say they are available, plus humiliation factor if you are the only student or parent who asks for rails. I went to the head of the dorm (adult employee there for 15 years) and got into an argument with my son because he says the bed without the rail is fine. I asked this man, “How can you work here and condone putting these young adults in danger this way?” He said he would not sleep in a loft and that after a few days most students take the loft bed down. The roommate raised his bed to the top, close to 9 feet off the floor. It is shaking and not stable.
My son sustained a bruised arm and mild concussion after falling out of his bunk bed. There were no rails on the bed. After the incident, I found out they do offer the rails by request only. They could at least have a sticker posted on all the beds saying that if the bed is lofted rails should be requested. I was also told they can only receive them if they have enough. After the accident, he received a rail within an hour for his bed. -Tammy Gatlin